LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and other like-minded parties on Sunday protested against the police brutality on sit-in participants in Islamabad.
PTI workers and supporters gathered at DHA, Thokar Niaz Baig, Shahdara and other areas of the city, burnt tyres and blocked roads. The PAT, Majlis Wahadatul Muslimeen (MWM), All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and Sunni Tehreek (ST) workers also joined these protest demonstrations.
The protesters staged a sit-in in front of Punjab Finance Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman’s house for several hours. The protesters also blocked the road and held a sit-in in front of the CM’s House in Model Town.
The PTI workers, including women and children, also staged their routine protest against the Sharifs-led government at Lalik Jaan Chowk DHA.
The protesters shouted anti-government and anti-Sharifs slogans. They were carrying placards, banners, posters, party and national flags. A large number of members from the Insaf Youth Wing and Insaf Students Federation also took part in the sit-in.
Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed, Lahore PTI President Abdul Aleem Khan, Yasmin Rashid, MPA Mian Aslam Iqbal, Dr Murad Ras, Zaheer Abbas Khokar, Sadia Sohail Rana and other leaders addressed the protesters at DHA, Thokar Niaz Baig, Shahdara and other areas.
Mahmoodur Rasheed and other PTI leaders condemned the police brutality on peaceful protesters in Islamabad. He added that the PMLN government sent the numbers of criminals in police uniforms for this brutal action. He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should tender their resignations or else the protests would be extended to across the country.
PTI leader Aslam Iqbal, Dr Yasmeen Rashid, Dr, Murad Ras and other said that nominated culprits in Model Town incident were repeated the same action in Islamabad late on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, police have beefed up security and officials have been deployed in the city’s entry and exit points. The police also encircled the Punjab Assembly with tents and containers.
Police received strict orders to arrest PTI and PAT leaders, but none of them was arrested until the filing of this report.
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